More Xmas schedules unveiled

BBC network radio stations Radio 1, 1Xtra and 5 Live are the latest to announce their line-ups for the festive season.

Gavin and Stacey's James Cordon and the stars of Doctor Who are the highlights on Radio 1, while 5 Live have a new quiz featuring Radio 2's Radcliffe and Maconie.

[b]Radio 1 and 1Xtra[/b]

Radio 1's Top 10s of 2010 sees the station being taken over from talent from the music and entertainment world, including Doctor Who's Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, Tinie Tempah, Pixie Lott and Plan B. In each show the celebrity guest presenters have a single hour to take control and play their 10 favourite tracks from the past year.

In the first instalment on Christmas Eve (7-10am), James Corden kicks off proceedings, followed by the Doctor Who duo from 8am and Tinie Tempah from 9am. On Boxing Day (7am-4pm), the takeovers come courtesy of Pixie Lott, Plan B, Nicole Scherzinger and N-Dubz.

On Christmas Day, Radio 1 listeners get a unique opportunity to have a go at presenting their own 15-minute slot on the station in the second ever Tinsel Takeover. Greg James will be on air from 7-10 am to kick things off before handing over to the audience from 10am-7pm.

Breakfast host Chris Moyles will be doing a festive Christmas karaoke gig on Tuesday 21 December and presents highlights the following morning.

Fearne Cotton brings listeners a very special Christmas show, broadcast from her own house on Thursday 23 December (10am-12.45pm). Throughout the show, her family and celebrity friends will be dropping in and joining her for festive fun and games.

And Dev, who usually doesn't like Christmas one bit, faces his fear and heads to Lapland in search of Christmas cheer, broadcasting his show from there on Monday 13 December (4-6.30am).

On BBC Radio 1Xtra, the Christmas schedule includes a Max Live Lounge Christmas Special; live on-air parties hosted by MistaJam; Westwood's Nightmare Before Christmas; and takeover shows featuring some of the station's favourite artists – N-Dubz and Tinie Tempah.

Ben Cooper, Deputy Controller Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said: "This Christmas we combine festive specials from the DJs with takeovers from top celebrities and an opportunity for listeners to have their own 15 minutes of fame. And, not forgetting the Festive Festival, an incredible night of live music, showcasing the best new talent for 2011 at Maida Vale."

[b]BBC Radio 5 Live[/b]

5 Live is promising a sleigh full of special programmes over Christmas and New Year, including: the Ryders On The Storm, the real story behind this year's European Ryder Cup victory, presented by European team captain Colin Montgomerie; special festive editions of Jon Holmes's Mob Rule; and a look back at the summer's football World Cup.

On Christmas Day, Richard Bacon will digest the year's news in Chart The Year at 10am, which includes a count down the Top 20 most entertaining stories of 2010. Then Adil Ray presents Snapshot Christmas, a live whistle-stop tour of the UK, to find out what the nation is doing at midday on Christmas Day. From Land's End to John O'Groats, Adil will capture funny and poignant real-life stories in a one-hour snapshot of Christmas Day in Britain.

Miranda Sawyer hosts A Game Of Two Halves at 2pm, a new topical news, music and sports quiz, with team captains Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie and special guests.

Other highlights on 5 Live over the festive season include an extended Fighting Talk – Doubles Special on Boxing Day, with Colin Murray as judge and jury, where doubles pairs of FT favourites fight it out over sporting points for punditry, and Alan Davies and friends return to 5 Live on Monday 3 January for Armchair Premier League, reflecting on the season so far from the comfort of the sofa and looking to what lies ahead in the second half of the season.

And in Mob Rule, Jon Holmes returns for a festive furrow through the new year celebrations, looking at seasonal stories, hopes for 2011 and memories of 2010 through the often weird and wonderful eyes of the general public. Inane message board comments, peculiar forum fanatics and online newspaper have your say sections are fully dissected and laid open to scrutiny by Jon and his guests as they enter a winter wonderland of mob madness.

[b]Earlier in the week we told you about [link=]Radio 2's festive treats[/link]. Has your station got any special programmes planned for Christmas and New Year that you think the industry might be interested to hear about? [link=]Get in touch[/link] to let us know![/b]

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